James Connolly Quotes


Apostles of Freedom are ever idolised when dead but crucified when alive.

The great appear great to us"¦

I can always guarantee that the Irish Citizen Army will fight but I cannot guarantee that it will be on time

Yes ruling by fooling is a great British art with great Irish fools to practice on.

Yes friends governments in capitalist society are but committees of the rich to manage the affairs of the capitalist class.

The Irishman in English literature may be said to have been born with an apology in his mouth.

The worker is the slave of capitalist society the female worker is the slave of that slave.

If you remove the English army to-morrow and hoist the green flag over Dublin Castle unless you set about the organisation of the Socialist Republic your efforts would be in vain.

Though I have usually posed as a Catholic I have not done my duty for 15 years and have not the slightest tincture of faith left...

Whenever the clergy succeeded in conquering political power in any country the result has been disastrous to the interests of religion and inimical to the progress of humanity.

Irish tory employers hid[e] their sweatshops behind orange flags and Irish home rule landlords us[e] the green sunburst of Erin to cloak their rack-renting in the festering slums of our Irish towns.

No revolutionary movement is complete without its poetical expression.

We believe in constitutional action in normal times; we believe in revolutionary action in exceptional times.

If you strike at imprison or kill us out of our prisons or graves we will still evoke a spirit that will thwart you and perhaps raise a force that will destroy you! We defy you! Do your worst!

There can be no perfect Europe in which Ireland is denied even the least of its national rights.

Without the power of the Industrial Union behind it Democracy can only enter the State as the victim enters the gullet of the Serpent.

The Irish people will only be free when they own everything from the plough to the stars

The cause of Labour is the cause of Ireland and the cause of Ireland is the cause of Labour

The british govt has no right in Ireland never had any right in Ireland never can have any right in Ireland

Only the Irish working class remains as the incorruptible inheritors of the fight for freedom in Ireland.